To a song of love lost and rediscovered, a woman sees and undergoes surreal transformations. Her lover's face melts off, she dons a dress from the shadow of a bell and becomes a dandelion, ... See full summary »
A boy in a cadet's uniform paints a statement on the top of the frame and then tips his cap to the audience.
This is the earliest known surviving bit of Japanese animation, discovered in Osaka in 2005. Where it had been hiding is not clear. Whether there were earlier efforts is unknown -- certainly the earliest efforts at moving drawings unmixed with live action was not known to have begun until Emile Cohl started producing animation in 1909. In fact, this looks like almost purely a test piece, just a few seconds to see if the techniques will work: far too expensive to produce regularly and matters would remain so for another decade everywhere. But by the 1930s Japan movie studios would produce a lot of cartoons.
So this is a historical artifact and its interest derives solely from that.
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